Most people have misconceptions of pressure washing. A commonly
held view is that a pressure washer cleans with high pressure on the
surface, and a higher PSI rating (pounds per square inch) for a
pressure washer equals more cleaning ability. A first time user of a
pressure washer will usually try to clean with pressure, if the surface
doesn’t come clean, then they will move closer to the surface or use a
tip that produces more pressure in an attempt to clean.
Using high pressure to clean can be dangerous to both the user and
the surface being cleaned. Painted wood siding can be stripped of
paint, soft wood decks can be marred and striped by high pressure, and windows can have there vapor barriers broken
from the pressure. High pressure cleaning can also lead to “striping” which is caused by a uneven application of pressure
to the surface, resulting in the surface being more “clean” in some areas than others. This can be seen many times as
amateurs attempt to clean concrete with a narrow fan tip.
Higher pressure is more difficult to control, and is especially dangerous from a ladder, which amateur washers will use to
reach the higher areas of a home. The bottom line however, is high pressure isn’t all that effective in cleaning.
Mold and other stains many times are not budged at all by pressure, but can be easily wiped off with a cloth or brush. But
cleaning a home by hand with a brush or cloth is very time consuming.
High pressure cleaning is only effective on hard surfaces such as brick and concrete, even though extremely high pressure
can damage the facing on brick and the finish on concrete.
From an article written by another company
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